Grassroots Advocacy and Education: Strengthening Skills & Tools with Candidates and Congress

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Anyone who works with older adults and wants to make sure their needs are met should attend this workshop. Building relationships with policymakers is essential for the success of your organization, and improving the lives of older adults you serve. We’re also halfway through an election year in which votes will be cast for President, all U.S. House of Representatives seats, one-third of U.S. Senators, and a variety of state and local offices. Candidates know that older adults vote, so they’re seeking opportunities to make their cases Don’t miss an opportunity to leverage this unique access to your advantage. In this session, the NCOA Public Policy & Advocacy team will not only share strategies for being a more effective advocate in your community but also will expand on the policy priorities and tips provided in the Election 2020 Advocacy Toolkit deployed earlier this year. In addition, your colleagues from the aging network will share how they’ve made the most of these engagements with candidates and members of Congress. Role-playing activities will be employed to show how easy and effective you too can be at making seniors’ voices heard in this election year and in the future.

Howard Bedlin

National Council on Aging

National Council on Aging

Howard Bedlin is responsible for all of NCOA’s federal and state legislative advocacy efforts on issues and programs of concern to older adults, which include the Older Americans Act, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, income security, and community services programs.

Before joining NCOA, Bedlin was a legislative representative with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) for more than 10 years. Before that, he had been the deputy director of government affairs for the National Association for Home Care and served as counsel for public policy for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

Bedlin received both his law degree and master’s degree in public policy science from the University of Maryland.

Marci Phillips

Director, Public Policy & Advocacy

National Council on Aging

Marci Phillips is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the National Council on Aging.  She is responsible for federal advocacy efforts regarding legislation and appropriations affecting the Older Americans Act, economic security, hunger, older workers, elder justice, and other community services for older Americans. 

Before joining NCOA in 2008, Ms. Phillips was the Legislative Policy Analyst at the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF), where she advocated on behalf of the nation’s 1,100 Community Action Agencies, and she served on the personal and committee staff of a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Kristen Kiefer



Grassroots Advocacy and Education: Strengthening Skills & Tools with Candidates and Congress
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